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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

About the course

This flexible course is the first of its kind in the UK and will offer you a seamless progression from our highly-regarded PgCert Dental Law and Ethics, and combines intensive study days with supported online learning.

You will broaden your expertise in areas of particular interest, and increase your overall knowledge of the concepts and theories that impact on this important subject.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

  • Study one core unit that is designed to deepen your understanding of law and ethics, and choose from optional units which allow you to focus on patient safety, human factors and organisational development concepts
  • Explore the subject with an experienced, interdisciplinary team made up of university and visiting staff, and is likely to include dentists, health and social care professionals and legally trained professionals
  • Develop insights into the legal and ethical impact on everyday decision making in a practice setting
  • Gain an understanding of ways to address patient safety issues and how you can develop and manage your dental team
  • Benefit from a supervised project that provides an opportunity to engage in independent research and development.

This unique postgraduate course is concerned with the practical application of legal and ethical knowledge as well as the fundamental concepts and theories of law and ethics. It provides you the opportunity to examine your own practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework with specific emphasis on enhancing patient care and delivering excellent service. 

This course provides you with opportunities to study selected legal and ethical principles which have immediate relevance to dental care and practice. At the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will have a chance to study how the law is made and the links between law, morality and human rights. This is followed by exploring the concepts that shape your understanding of management and leadership for staff and organisational development in the dental practice context.

At the final stage, you move to greater levels of independence, undertaking supervised research project work related to legal and /or ethical issues in dental practice.

The course encompasses both clinical and business contexts.


Units

  • Dental Law And Ethics Research Project (PMS025-6) Compulsory
  • Dental Law In Practice (PMS021-6) Compulsory
  • Developing The Dental Team (PMS024-6) Compulsory
  • Ethical Dental Practice (PMS022-6) Compulsory
  • Law And Ethics, Concepts And Theories (PMS023-6) Compulsory

This course has been designed as a blended learning course combining face-to-face learning (during study contact days) with supported, interactive on-line learning. In addition, parts of the course require students to make explicit links between their learning on the course and their own individual practice. This is primarily through the assessment strategy and allowing students the flexibility in selecting their topics for assessment tasks. Teaching, learning and assessment activities across the course are designed to enable students to rehearse and hone skills required for their assessment tasks. For example, working in groups to study reported cases in the media and legal and ethical cases from the GDC, plan and rehearse their presentations for assessments, etc help students in enhancing their understanding and experiences. The assessments for the course has been developed to ensure that - You are able to demonstrate achievement of course learning outcomes, at masters level - There is alignment to learning and teaching methods - Assessments are relevant, innovative and relevant to current legal and ethical framework - You are supported to develop relevant, related workplace skills, operating in a legal and ethical framework The assessment strategy is designed to incorporate both assessment of learning (summative) and assessment for learning (formative) elements. Formative assessment is through the submission of draft work for feedback. Formative assessment provides opportunities to develop and test out ideas with peers and tutors, in preparation for the summative work. The tasks are designed to allow you to rehearse the types of thinking behaviours (analysis, critique, and argumentation) that are necessary for the summative work, with tutor and peer support and feedback. In summary the summative assessment methods across all units are as follows. Dental Law in Practice - A reflective written report identifying issues of consent based on a case highlighted by the media. (5%) - Written report on a historical, selected dental law case and its impact on current practice (40%) - Literature review on a selected dental law subject (e.g. consent, confidentiality, etc) leading to proposed change(s) to practice. (55%) Ethical Dental Practice - Peer group work that leads to the production of an individual podcast of approximately 10 minutes in duration. The podcast identifies and explains a specific ethical principle and illustrates its relevance to dental practice. (40%) - Academic paper reviewing ethical issues facing dentists in the UK and applications to own practice. (60%) Law and Ethics, Concepts and Theories - A reflective in class presentation on issues surrounding making the law in relation to ethical theories and the influence of society, public opinion and other key factors in this process (30%) - Academic paper reviewing one piece of legislation that came into effect in the last 5 years or which has been fundamentally developed in this time period, and review its history, background, rational for its proposal and the ethical implication to this particular legislation (70%) Developing The Dental Team - Reflective report, a 1st person account of the learning from experience of coaching and being coached and how this will help shape your personal approach to staff development (30%) - Work Based Report where you identify a staff development situation or scenario (affecting an individual or a team) that you plan to enhance and to plan to either: develop your strategy for change or critically evaluate your intervention (70%) Research Project - Research report, a research report outlining the research question/s (with rationale), the context of the proposed study, the methodology and the expected outcome to the proposed research. Students are also required to address their literature search strategy and the ethical consideration to their proposed research. (10%) - In class presentation of your proposed research to peers and tutors, including an overview of the research topic (10%) - Project Dissertation (80%)

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

This is a postgraduate course open dental care professionals who have a first degree in dentistry, dental nursing and allied dental professions (or equivalent qualification or experience established by application, references and interview).


After completing this course you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the wide range of legal and ethical issues that can directly or indirectly impact patient care.

The course will enhance your capacity to critically appraise both your own and others’ practice in relation to the legal and ethical framework, including the ability to identify and address emerging challenges through independent and/or collaborative activity.

Graduates will have a deep understanding of fundamental legal and ethical concepts and theories that enable you to present your ideas and opinions in a structured, planned and supported approach to legal and ethical issues.

This is the only university accredited course in dental law and ethics within the UK that is specific to dental staff. The course focuses on enabling dentists to work with professionally relevant legal and ethical principles and to consider the ways in which these principles influence their everyday practice.

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Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Putteridge Bury campus

Our Putteridge Bury campus is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan manor house built in 1911 in the style of Chequers, with beautiful grounds and a reflecting pool. 

It is home to University events including graduations, academic research symposia and seminars such as those held by our business school's postgraduate programmes, as well as a wide variety of public and private events including conferences, weddings, funeral receptions and public holiday functions.

Find out more about Putteridge Bury's public and private events

Location

Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

Putteridge Bury is a short drive from the University Square campus, London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and the University Square campus in Luton town centre .

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student